Mostrance procession at the Abbey

Father Placid comments on the requirements of fraternal charity for monks: “Chapter 72 of the Rule of St. Benedict contains the interesting verse: “The brothers should…most patiently endure one another’s infirmities, whether of body or of character” (RB 72:6). The Latin of this verse is even more emphatic when translated literally: The brothers are to carry most patiently one another’s sicknesses of body and behavior. Good zeal, from this perspective, then, is sharing in the foibles, behavioral dysfunctions, and troubles of the other person. It might already be challenging just to bear someone else’s inclinations that grate on the nerves. But to CARRY (not just tolerate) severe maladaptations is another level of charity altogether. The monks are concerned about lending support to the other brother when the need arises, even if the brother involved may not realize the need for assistance. Yet, it is what Benedict asks of the monks and what is required of the brothers in order to go the extra mile every day.”

Love and Blessings to all,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux

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